Through conversations, walks, public events, performances, exhibitions and workshops we’re activating public spaces, streets, parks, town centres, and empty shops across the Whau area to build our creative culture and community.

Whau Community Arts Brokering

Whau Community Arts Brokering is a community service supported by the Whau Local Board tapping into the existing creative community in the Whau area to support the presentation of a range of temporary arts activities and activations in our urban environment.

By brokering arts activity by and for the people of the Whau we aim to nurture and share the cultural and creative vibrancy of our Whau communities.

What we support


We’re interested in what you’re interested in doing in the Whau, be it presenting a public event, performance, or exhibition or creating an opportunity for learning and participation like a workshop or a work co-created with a community. We’re open to ideas which place an emphasis on process, participation and social agency.

If your project will benefit the Whau through enriching its places and people or providing them with an opportunity to participate in the arts then get in touch.

How it works


The broker works with you to support you to bring your initiative to the Whau public.

We start with a conversation about what it is you want to do and from there work out what support you need. This can range from advice and assistance with council processes and grant applications to funding for project presentation and marketing assistance. We can also help you meet other creative people and organisations in the Whau.

Getting in contact

The Whau Community Arts Broker is Melissa Laing. You can get in contact with her by email, phone 0211 829 451, on facebook or twitter @artswhau and instagram @artswhau

When you get in touch make sure to let her know: who you are, what it is you want to do, where and when you think it will happen, who your audiences are, and how it relates to the Whau area.

Live elsewhere in Auckland? Check out Albert-Eden Neighbourhood Arts, Mangere-Ōtāhuhu Arts, Arts Out East, and Franklin Community Arts

Current Arts Organisations in the Whau

Funding and Opportunities


In July 2019 you submitted a wide range of ambitious and exciting community embedded creative arts projects. The total amount requested was $149,900, three times the available funding. The 12 projects funded for the upcoming year (July 2019 – June 2020) celebrate the Whau’s creative edge, amplify the diverse voices of the whau through the arts and ensure our tamariki and rangatahi have access to the arts. Find out more about them here.

Where can I do things?

We’re putting together a spreadsheet of ideas, both indoor and outdoor places you can think about using for your event, workshop, performance or exhibition.
click here to see the spreadsheet
The prices, facilities and sizes are based on publicly available information as of March 2018, and we all know things change and websites don’t always keep up so double check prices and availability before you book. If there are any places you want to add to the list get in touch:

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